An astrological portrait of Margaret Thatcher.
The complete chart interpretation covers four main sections: Personality, Relationship Needs, Relationship Wants and the Marriage Blueprint, and Career. This is a "classic" example of an astrological portrait, first published in November 2013.
Each section of the interpretation begins with the completed “Blueprint Sentence” used as the basis for that portion of the interpretation. These fill-in-the-blank blueprint template sentences are one of the exclusive tools available as part of the curriculum of the Online Natal Astrology Class. The value of these templates is that they ensure the correct relationship between the different parts of speech in the language of astrology. Simply by dropping in the appropriate keywords for signs, elements, modalities and houses, you create an astrologically-sound blueprint that you can use to build a more detailed interpretation of that specific astrological signature.
Birth Data: October 13, 1925, 9:00 am GMT, Grantham, England • Rodden Rating: A, From Memory
Part 1: Personality
Elements and Modalities
Thatcher has three planets in Air (Sun, Mercury and Mars in Libra) and two planets in Fire (Moon in Leo, Venus in Sagittarius). This is a relatively strong emphasis on the more active, extroverted and expressive elements, and it’s worth noting that the five fastest-moving planets are in these active, expressive signs. She has only one planet in Earth (Jupiter in Capricorn) and one planet in Water (Saturn in Scorpio). She also has four planets in Cardinal signs, which further emphasizes her preference for being active and initiating, and also suggests that she is strongly motivated to express her individual identity (Cardinal).
She may have a difficult time with feelings and emotions (Saturn in Scorpio is the only planet in Water), and with Jupiter in Capricorn being the only planet in Earth, she may also tend to be short-sighted (Cardinal) when it comes to practical application (Earth).
She has two planets in Fixed signs: the Moon in Leo and Saturn in Scorpio, which suggests a certain rigidity and inflexibility once she’s made a decision. The Moon in Leo can imbue her choices with ego-based attachments and a fear of being seen as wrong, and Saturn in Scorpio can take a perverse pleasure in following the rules to the letter. And with four planets in Libra, Saturn in Scorpio has far more influence over Thatcher’s chart than it appears at first glance.
Sun in Libra in the 11th House/Sun Almuten 6th House
Thatcher seeks to express her authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) by being civil, reasoning, and strategic (Libra) WITH her job and relationships with co-workers (Sun Almuten 6th house). She encounters these needs particularly IN her hopes, aspirations, and friendships (Sun in 11th House). [Blueprint Sentence]
Margaret Thatcher’s fundamental personality fully embodies the Libra “iron fist in a velvet glove” qualities. The Board of Directors for any planet in Libra is extremely important because Venus, Saturn or Mercury may have the most influence. The Sun in Libra is in the sign of its Fall, and one of the challenges for individuals with the Sun in Libra is that they seek to define and express their individual identity (Cardinal) and authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) in relationships with other individuals (Libra). It’s difficult for these individuals to have a sense of “me” without also having a sense of “you.”
Thatcher’s Sun doesn’t rule any houses in her chart, so one could argue that she expresses her identity equally in every area of her life (while encountering it specifically in her personal hopes and aspirations, because the Sun is in her 11th house). Her Sun is the almuten of her 6th house, however, which suggests a slight emphasis on her job and workplace as a vehicle through which she expresses her identity. Given Thatcher’s life, it’s worth considering the “service” aspects of the 6th house as well as the “job” aspects, since she spent her professional career in public service.
Board of Directors for Sun
Venus in Sagittarius in the 1st House [5 Votes]
Venus Rules 7th, 12th, Almuten 4th House
In order to express her authentic “Big S” Self (Sun’s Board of Directors), she needs to express her Core Values and feel Validated (Venus) in a manner that is inspiring, tolerant, and assertive (Sagittarius), WITH her marriage and partnerships (rules 7th house), her personal unconscious and shadow-self (rules 12th house), and her home and family (almuten 4th house). She encounters these needs particularly IN her personality and self-image (Venus in 1st house). [Blueprint Sentence]
Although Venus in Sagittarius rules Thatcher’s Sun in Libra, it does not have the most influence on her Sun’s Board of Directors; Saturn in Scorpio has 8 votes, to Venus in Sagittarius’ 5 votes. Still, Venus in Sagittarius is the Ruler and CEO, and sets the public agenda for how her Sun in Libra will express. What Venus in Sagittarius brings to the table is inspiration and focus, and a vision of being a part of something bigger than any one individual. Venus also brings a need to be loved, appreciated and validated, which shows up strongly in her personality because Venus rules her Sun, and Venus is in her 1st house. What she most wants to be validated for is her personal expression of and pursuit of the Truth.
That Venus rules Thatcher’s 7th house emphasizes relationships as a necessary part of how she expresses her authentic “Big S” Self. And again, in light of Thatcher’s life and career, we can expand the 4th house connection to include a love of her country. That Venus also rules her 12th house indicates that Venus is the vehicle of her self-sabotage, which will show up in her 1st house as a part of her identity and personality, and, more specifically, how she expresses herself in relationship. Her need to embody and express her Venus in Sagittarius values of freedom, honesty, expansion, and her personal perception of Truth is both a fundamental part of her authentic “Big S” Self and the source of many of the challenges she will face throughout her life.
Saturn in Scorpio in the 12th House [8 Votes]
Saturn Rules 3rd, Almuten 12th House
In order to express her authentic “Big S” Self (Sun’s Board of Directors), she needs to experience responsibility, boundaries and structure (Saturn) in a manner that is determined, resourceful, and driven (Scorpio), WITH her writing, communication and familiar environment (rules 3rd) and her personal unconscious and shadow-self (almuten 12th house). She encounters these needs particularly IN her personal unconscious (Saturn in 12th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
Saturn in Scorpio has the most influence on Thatcher’s Sun’s Board of Directors, and here we find the source of the “iron fist,” as well as the source of Thatcher’s determination and resolve. With four planets in Cardinal signs (including her Sun in Libra), we would expect Thatcher to lose interest in things as soon as they become routine. The fixed energy of Saturn in Scorpio, however, underlies all of the planets in Libra in Thatcher’s chart, and this suggests that once she initiates something or gives expression to an idea, she expects the form and structure (Saturn) of that idea to endure (Fixed).
It’s interesting to note that we see another strong 12th house emphasis: Saturn is the almuten of the 12th house, which means that Saturn also carries some of the energy of unconscious self-sabotage with it, but more importantly, Saturn is also in the 12th house, which means that Thatcher is largely unconscious and unaware of her Saturn needs. It may also indicate that Thatcher is unconscious of the deep, powerful emotional attachments (Scorpio) that fuel her need for order, structure, boundaries, and authority (Saturn), although this may be obvious to others.
Mercury in Libra in the 12th House [2 Votes]
Mercury Rules 8th, 10th, 11th Houses
In order to express her authentic “Big S” Self (Sun’s Board of Directors), she needs to communicate and process information (Mercury) in a manner that is reasoning, accommodative, and detached (Libra), WITH shared resources and other people’s money (rules 8th house), her career and life path (rules 10th house), and her personal ambitions, dreams, and friendships (rules 11th house). She encounters these needs particularly IN her personal unconscious and shadow-self (Mercury in 12th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
Even though Mercury in Libra only has 2 votes on the Sun’s Board of Directors, it brings in yet another 12th house signature. Mercury in Libra has virtually the same Board of Directors as the Sun in Libra, so this 12th house signature extends to the affairs of the 8th house of shared resources, the 10th house of her career and public life, and the 11th house of her hopes and aspirations — where her Sun resides.
Aspects to the Sun
Venus in the 1st House (Rules 7th, 12th, Almuten 4th) Semi-Square Sun in Libra in the 11th House (Almuten 6th House) [2a25]
[Venus has 5 votes on Sun’s Board of Directors]
There is a minor internal tension or friction (Semi-Square) BETWEEN her Core Values and need to be Validated (Venus), specifically involving her marriage and partnerships (Venus rules 7th), her unconscious and patterns of self-sabotage (Venus rules 12th), and her home and family (Venus almuten 4th), COMING FROM her personality (Venus in 1st house), AND her need to express her authentic, “Big S” Self (Sun), specifically involving her job and workplace (Sun almuten 6th house), COMING FROM her personal aspirations and dreams (Sun in 11th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
Although the semi-square between the Sun and Venus is a minor aspect, it’s still significant because it affects both the Sun and Venus equally. Venus has 5 votes on the Sun’s Board of Directors, and the Sun has 3 votes on Venus’ Board of Directors. From the perspective of the Sun, her need to be validated and appreciated (Venus) for her individual expression of and understanding of the Truth (Sagittarius) can clash with her Personal Standards of Integrity (Sun). There’s sufficient common ground between Libra and Sagittarius that this isn’t a major issue. It most likely creates opportunities for Thatcher to stop and question her choices and confirm that she’s in integrity before taking action.
Mercury in the 12th house (Rules 8th, 10th, 11th) Conjunct Sun in Libra in the 11th House (Almuten 6th House) [4s16]
[Mercury has 2 votes on Sun’s Board of Directors]
There is a unity of purpose (Conjunction) BETWEEN her need to communicate and understand (Mercury), specifically involving her shared resources and other people’s money (rules 8th house), her career and life path (rules 10th house), and her personal ambitions, dreams, and friendships (rules 11th house), COMING FROM her personal unconscious and shadow-self (Mercury in 12th house) AND her need to express her authentic, “Big S” Self (Sun), specifically involving her job and workplace (Sun almuten 6th house), COMING FROM her personal aspirations and dreams (Sun in 11th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
This is an interesting conjunction because it straddles the cusp of the 12th house, with the Sun in the 11th and Mercury in the 12th. This aspect is more significant for Mercury than it is for the Sun, because it means that Mercury is combust, and completely hidden by the Sun. This emphasizes the hidden, unconscious, 12th house nature of Thatcher’s Mercury in Libra. It also suggests that her Sun may be more actively involved in the affairs of the houses ruled by Mercury, the 8th, 10th, and 11th. So, if Mercury rules her 10th house/Midheaven, but it’s hidden by the Sun, we could say that Thatcher ended up being better known and recognized for her personality (Sun) than for her ideas (Mercury).
Uranus in the 4th House Quincunx Sun in the 11th house (Almuten 6th House) [2a58]
There are random, unexpected disruptions (Quincunx) caused by unexpected events (Uranus), COMING FROM her home and family environment (Uranus in 4th house) and affecting her need to express her authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) WITH her job (Sun Almuten 6th house). She experiences these IN her personal aspirations, hopes, dreams, and friendships (Sun in 11th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
It’s interesting to view this aspect with the 4th house representing England, Thatcher’s home country. While she may have experienced unexpected challenges showing up in her personal life, certainly the various crises and upheavals in England during her political career would have had unexpected, unanticipated, and often unwelcome effects on her personal ambitions and aspirations.
Pluto in the 9th House Square Sun in the 11th house (Almuten 6th House) [4s45]
There is friction, stress, tension and conflict (Square) caused by issues of power, control and manipulation (Pluto), COMING FROM her beliefs, philosophies, and higher mind (Pluto in 9th house) and affecting her need to express her authentic “Big S” Self (Sun) WITH her job (Sun Almuten 6th house). She experiences these IN her personal aspirations, hopes, dreams, and friendships (Sun in 11th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
We’ll see in the next section how important the 9th house is in Thatcher’s chart, because it’s entirely the domain of her Moon in Leo, and heavily involved in her Safety Needs. This aspect suggests that Thatcher’s authentic Self was influenced and shaped by powerful 9th house beliefs and philosophies. Pluto is in a partile opposition to Jupiter in Capricorn, and while the orb is too wide for both planets to impact the Sun, it’s easy to ascribe Thatcher’s conservative beliefs to this dynamic, and then notice how those beliefs — and the actions they drove her to take — shaped her identity.
Ascendant in Scorpio
When she interacts with the world and other individuals, she appears to be controlling, intense, ruthless, and powerful (Scorpio). Thatcher’s stern, no-nonsense persona is also the result of Saturn in Scorpio conjunct her Ascendant. It’s ironic that with so much Libra energy involved with her fundamental personality that the “velvet glove” aspects are the ones that come as a surprise. The Saturn in Scorpio “iron fist” is what is the most visible.
Ascendant’s Board of Directors
Mars in Libra in the 11th House [8 Votes]
Mars Rules 1st and 6th Houses
Other people perceive (Ascendant) her need to take action and expend energy (Mars) in a manner that is dispassionate, logical, strategic and impartial (Libra), WITH her personality and self-image (Mars rules 1st) and her job and workplace relationships (Mars rules 6th). [Blueprint Sentence]
Thatcher’s drive and ambition are very obvious in her personality, and her Mars in Libra is closely intertwined with her Saturn in Scorpio. Once again we see the willingness to listen to reason and the desire for justice (Libra), coupled with the resolve that once she has made a decision, the course of action is set in stone (Saturn in Scorpio/Fixed). That Mars rules her 1st house and is in her 11th house, with her Sun, further support the idea that Thatcher is always looking after herself, and that the choices she makes and the actions she takes are direct expressions of both her “little s” self and her “Big S” Self.
Venus in Sagittarius in the 1st House [2 Votes]
Venus Rules 7th, 12th, Almuten 4th House
Other people perceive (Ascendant) her need to align with her Core Values and be validated (Venus) in a manner that is truthful, impetuous, frank, and blunt (Sagittarius), WITH her marriage and partnerships (Venus rules 7th), her personal unconscious (Venus rules 12th) and her home and family (Venus almuten 4th). [Blueprint Sentence]
Venus in Sagittarius only has 2 votes on her Ascendant’s Board of Directors; however, Venus in Sagittarius rules Mars in Libra, so it’s more influential than it appears. Thatcher presents herself as someone who always appreciates brutal honesty — even to the point of being blunt. She respects people who are open and direct.
Part of Fortune in Virgo in the 10th House
She will experience the greatest amount of prosperity and success (Part of Fortune) by being observant, insightful, shrewd and efficient (Virgo), particularly IN her career, life path, and public image (10th house). [Blueprint Sentence].
It’s also worth noting the service aspect of Virgo energy, considering Thatcher’s career was spent in public (10th house) service (Virgo). She was, of course, also well respected for her political savvy.
Mercury in Libra in the 12th House [10 Votes]
Mercury Rules 8th, 10th, 11th Houses
In order to experience prosperity and success (Part of Fortune) she needs to communicate and process information in a manner that is harmonious, compromising, analytical, and insinuating (Libra), WITH shared resources and other people’s money (rules 8th house), her career and life path (rules 10th house), and her personal ambitions, dreams, and friendships (rules 11th house). She encounters these needs particularly IN her personal unconscious and shadow-self (Mercury in 12th house). [Blueprint Sentence]
Mercury in Libra is in charge of Thatcher’s Part of Fortune, which connects it to her Sun because Mercury has 2 votes on the Sun’s Board of Directors. But as noted earlier, Thatcher’s Sun overshadows her Mercury, so again we see the possibility of her personality (Sun) eclipsing her ideas (Mercury).
Summary of Thatcher’s Personality
Even though Thatcher’s Sun in Libra and Ascendant in Scorpio represent very different, conflicting energies, there are so many connections between her Sun and Ascendant — largely due to Saturn in Scorpio being on the Ascendant — that her authentic Self and how she appears to the world are very well integrated.